Experiments probing fundamental mechanisms of energetic material initiation and ignition

Christopher M. Berg, Kathryn E. Brown, Rusty W. Conner, Yuanxi Fu, Hiroki Fujiwara, Alexei Lagutchev, William L. Shaw, Xianxu Zheng, Dana D. Dlott

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Two fundamental processes associated with shock compression of energetic materials (EM) are initiation and ignition. Initiation occurs just behind a shock front and ignition occurs anywhere from a few nanoseconds to hundreds of nanoseconds later. Experiments are described that probe the fundamental mechanisms of these processes on relevant length and time scales: picosecond vibrational spectroscopy of nanometer thick layers of energetic materials (EM) with laser-driven shock waves, and nanosecond emission spectroscopy of micrometer thick layers of EM using laser-driven flyer plates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Energetic Materials Research
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2011
Event2011 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 28 2011Dec 2 2011

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0272-9172


Other2011 MRS Fall Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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